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Why Forage? National Pollinator Losses – Overall Populations Monarch Bees – Native bees – Honey bees Bee Issues – CCD – Varroa/vectoring issues – Disease.

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2 Why Forage? National Pollinator Losses – Overall Populations Monarch Bees – Native bees – Honey bees Bee Issues – CCD – Varroa/vectoring issues – Disease – Pesticides – Nutrition

3 ‪ Why Forage?

4 Is this good? For you?For them?

5 Is this good? For you?For them?

6 Better? For you?For them?

7 Best? For you?For them? Photo Credit: Rilke

8 Optimal Forage Needs to be clean and safe – Pesticide free – Organic Needs to offer floral diversity – 3 season nectar – 3 season pollen – A variety of shapes and colors Needs to be accompanied by – Clean and safe water – Housing opportunities Photo Credit: Rilke

9 Urban Stats 80% of US population lives in urban areas, 60% in population centers greater than 200,000. Urban areas account for 3% of total land available So—why not focus on the other 97%? Because we are going to focus on the 80%! There’s POWER in NUMBERS!

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11 Urban Forage is Doable! Because it requires: – Little time – Little money – Little skill Because everyone can help! But it requires extensive public education

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14 So how do we get it done? Residential Solutions Sell the Benefits! – Plants cool and cleanse the air – Reduce energy/non-renewable resource use – Create a peaceful setting – Native plants require less resources – Native plants attract and sustain wildlife Provide the Education! – Distribution materials – Talks – Booths – Media

15 So how do we get it done? Residential Solutions Form Strategic Partnerships! – Volunteer groups— environmental/historical/civic/social etc. – Home Owners/Neighborhood associations – Youth groups—Scouts/4-H/etc. – Gardening/Food Groups – Package/Nuc folk Procure Money! – Grants/Subsidies? – Corporate/Civic/Government Donations? – Volunteer time?

16 So how do we get it done? Residential Solutions Tailor Solutions for Residential Density Differences! – Container Gardening/Green Roof for High-Density – Turf Mitigation/Flower Lawns for Low-Density – Gardens/Urban Farms for Urban Blight – Innovative Solutions for New Development (DSA) Don’t reinvent the wheel! – Landscape for Life – Garden Contests Habitat Hero/Certified Bee Gardens/California Friendly Greenest Block in Brooklyn/Street Tree Stewards Branch Out Cider/City Citrus

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18 Why Urban Forage? Transportation Solutions Sell the Benefits! – Roadside Plantings Enhance the beauty of the environment Reduce erosion Minimize mowing costs Increase safety for mowers due to less exposure Lessen storm runoff Control invasive plant species Improve soil quality Reduce litter

19 So how do we get it done? Transportation Solutions Roadside Plantings Photo Credit: Florida Highway Dept.

20 Why Urban Forage? Transportation Solutions Sell the Benefits! – Median Plantings Have psychological benefits – Seem to have a positive effect on motorists’ mood and behavior – Citizens report feeling safer Improve the environment – Trees absorb carbon dioxide and pollutants – Reduce erosion and storm water runoff – Reduce litter – Provide shade and reduce glare – Reduce the city “heat effect”

21 So how do we get it done? Transportation Solutions Median Plantings Photo Credit: High Country Gardens

22 Why Urban Forage? Transportation Solutions Sell the Benefits! – Parking/Hell Strip Plantings Eliminate mowing Takes care of a problem in a beautiful way Help with runoff Increase curb appeal

23 So how do we get it done? Transportation Solutions Parking Strip Plantings--Before Parking Strip Plantings--After Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

24 So how do we get it done? Transportation Solutions Provide the Education! – Talk to your Legislators State DOT Municipality HOA/Neighborhood Association Form Strategic Partnerships! – Alternative transportation groups – Environmental groups/Water and weed groups – City Foresters – Local nurseries/garden centers – Service Associations/Groups

25 So how do we get it done? Transportation Solutions Procure Money! – Grants/Subsidies? – Creative Funding—license plates – Municipal Encouragement Tailor Solutions for Roadway Differences! – Municipal street departments – Water conservation groups Don’t reinvent the wheel! – Adopt-a-Highway projects – Adopt-a-Median projects – “Rip the Strip”

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27 So how do we get it done? Institutional Solutions Who is the Institutional Component? – Schools District Alternative/Charter Schools Higher Education – Places of Worship – Government

28 So how do we get it done? School Districts/Alternative and Charter Schools Sell the Benefits – Improve test scores – Increase understanding of science and math concepts – A great way to learn about the environment Land stewardship Pesticides Biodiversity Food production

29 So how do we get it done? School Districts/Alternative and Charter Schools Sell the Benefits! – Teacher Benefits: Increased teacher effectiveness Better preparedness Increased job satisfaction Utilize more teaching time outside – “Ripple Effect” within the Community

30 So how do we get it done? School Districts/Alternative and Charter Schools Provide the Education! – Distribution materials Educational Materials from Resource Document Stickers/Bookmarks – Talks Administration Parents – PTA/PTO Children – Classroom – After School Clubs – Other organizations (Scouts/FFA)

31 So how do we get it done? School Districts/Alternative and Charter Schools Form Strategic Partnerships! – PTO’s/PTA’s – Xerces/Pollinator.org/Pollination Planet – Departments of Ag – Farm to Table (School)/Other Food Programs – Curriculum Coordinators—“Adopt a Hive”

32 So how do we get it done? School Districts/Alternative and Charter Schools Procure the Money! – It’s EVERYWHERE! (Theoretically) Don’t Reinvent the Wheel! – Plant Project – Smart Potatoes – Pollinator Photo Contests for upper grades

33 So how do we get it done? Higher Education Sell the Benefits! – Already a part of most mission statements – Healthier Learning Environment – “Learning by Leading” Most do not “Walk the Talk” – Notable Exception UC Davis

34 Honeybee Haven Photo courtesy of MK-Accounting.com

35 So how do we get it done? Higher Education Provide the Education! – Public Demand Land Grant Expertise Demand Extension – Student Demand Sustainability – Academia itself?

36 So how do we get it done? Higher Education Form Strategic Partnerships! – Solicit Institutional Support Student Organizations – Sustainability/Entomology/Ecology Grounds/Maintenance Departments Alumni Associations – Community/Business Support

37 So how do we get it done? Higher Education Procure the Money! – Probably from the Strategic Partnerships – Corporate monies/Endowment – Crowd Funding? Reinvent the Wheel for Higher Education! – This is an area sorely needing a project model.

38 So how do we get it done? Places of Worship Sell the Benefits! – Part of mission Feed the poor—food gardens Educate the children—community gardens Beautifying derelict property in cities “All God’s creatures” – Decrease costs of property maintenance – Increase energy efficiency

39 So how do we get it done? Places of Worship Provide the Education! – Distribution materials – Pollinator Partnership Brochures Buddhism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism – Sermons – Letters – Money, money, money!

40 So how do we get it done? Places of Worship Form Strategic Partnerships! – Interfaith Opportunities Common interest area – Church Leadership/Committees – Membership diversity

41 So how do we get it done? Places of Worship Procure the Money! – Maintenance/Grounds Budget – Grants The Tributary Fund Don’t Reinvent the Wheel! – A Rocha Eco congregation – “Green the Church” Campaign – “Engaging your Congregation in Pollinator Protection”

42 So how do we get it done? Government Sell the Benefits! – Economic value – Healthy people=healthy communities – Better resident and visitor experience – Decrease costs of property maintenance – Increase energy efficiency

43 So how do we get it done? Government Provide the Education! – Presidential Memorandum (Top Down) Federal Agency Plan State Agency Plan – Grass Roots Advocacy (Bottom Up)

44 So how do we get it done? Government Form Strategic Partnerships! – National/State/Local Environmental and Conservation Groups – Xerces/Pollinator.org/Sierra Club/Audobon etc. – PANNA/CFS/Credo/Beyond Pesticides etc. Agricultural Groups – Growers Associations Hunting and Fishing Groups – Pheasants Forever/Trout Unlimited

45 Pollinator Pathway Photo Courtesy of the Project

46 So how do we get it done? Government Form Strategic Partnerships! – Federal USDA/EPA/USFS/NPS etc. – State Natural Resources – Soil/Water/Land Conservation Boards Transportation – Local Sustainability coordinators Urban planners Open Space/Parks/Rec Commissions

47 People’s Garden Initiative Photo Credit: NRCS

48 So how do we get it done? Government Procure the Money! – Funding through a variety of programs Don’t Reinvent the Wheel! – Lots of successful programs already in your resource guide – Nectar analysis

49 Plan—Year 1—2014 Begin Pollinator City Program – Don’t reinvent the wheel—Bee/Tree/Bird – Determine and approach 2 test communities Begin the Residential Outreach – Give Talks – Give out seeds with Nucs/packages Begin the Transportation Outreach – Talk to CDOT/Legislators Begin the Institutional Outreach – Letters to churches with land/beekeepers? – Municipality engagement

50 Plan—Year 2—2015 Continue and Expand the Residential Outreach – Give Talks – Give out Seeds with Nucs/Packages Continue and Expand the Transportation Outreach – Introduce (and PASS!) a Highway Bill in State legislature – Modify Adopt-A-Highway to include planting/weed management Continue and Expand Institutional Outreach – School District – College

51 Plan—Year 3—2016 Continue and Expand the Residential Outreach – Give Talks – Give out Seeds with Nucs/Packages – Turf Mitigation Discussion Continue and Expand the Transportation Outreach – Turf Mitigation Discussion Continue and Expand Institutional Outreach – Corporate Campuses

52 Plan—Year 4—2017 Tweak Pollinator City Plan and begin Statewide and Nationwide rollout

53 Go make YOUR city pretty! Thank you


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